All the couples you know, including you and your loved one, likely celebrate an anniversary each year. Wouldn’t it be great if the anniversary wishes you extend stand out from the crowd?
Sometimes it’s not enough to give your loved one a cookie-cutter anniversary card. You want to include a message that sounds like you put some thought into it. And, when you can’t come up with a greeting that’s tender, or smart, or funny, you can do the next best thing: Find one that we thought up for you!
Our treasure trove of anniversary messages recognizes that every couple is different. Some are Mr. and Mrs.; some are LGBT. And, some aren’t married at all. But peruse our selection, and chances are you’ll find one that speaks to you and your significant other. And, you’ll find options for your friends and family.
Best Anniversary Wishes — Sincere and Loving
Whether they bring a smile or a tear, each of these messages lets your partner know you’re grateful to be sharing your life:
1.) To my better half: Thanks for making me whole.
2.) We won’t grow old together. We’ll stay young together.
3.) I can’t say we’ve been together through good times and bad.
4.) As long as we’re together, it’s all good.
5.) YES. I’d do it all over again.
6.) We’ve worked hard at our marriage. That’s why our marriage works.
7.) I never considered myself particularly smart — until I wound up with you.
Marriage Anniversary Wishes
8.) From the engagement ring to the wedding ring to the three-ring circus, it’s been a lot of fun.
9.) I’ve made some pretty dumb choices in my life. Luckily, I got the most important one right. Happy anniversary, honey!
10.) Wherever you are is home to me. Thanks for being ‘home.’
11.) I remember setting off on our honeymoon. But I don’t remember it ever ending.
12.) What’s the one gift we exchange but will never take back? Our wedding vows. Happy anniversary!
13.) We’re still having fun, and you’re still the one.
14.) We don’t need to spend lots of money on our anniversary. We just need to spend our anniversary together.
15.) If I had my life to live over I’d have married you sooner!
16.) Our marriage may not be perfect. But ‘perfect’ would be perfectly boring.
17.) We go together, like everywhere!
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18.) Together we can face anything. Or anyone.
19.) I was never much good at tying knots — until we tied that knot together.
20.) Maybe we like being married so much because we’re so much alike.
21.) You’re so negative, you thought we’d never last. But I was so positive we would. And opposites attract.
22.) You’ve always known I’d stick with you because I’m stuck on you.
23.) It doesn’t feel right being apart from you because you’re a part of me.
24.) It’s time we went out on a date — because the date happens to be our anniversary.
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25.) Maybe it sounds sappy to say I love you more with each passing year. But I’d rather be a sap than a liar.
26.) A boring marriage without fights is not a marriage worth fighting for.
27.) I may be getting older, but with every passing year, there’s one thing about me that keeps getting better: You.
28.) I knew it’d be a marriage made in heaven when I married an angel.
29.) In every marriage, you’ve got to take the bad with the good.
30.) Thanks for being the good, honey.
31.) Marriage has been a journey toward mutual respect and understanding. Thanks for sharing it with me.
32.) I don’t think I could match your anniversary gift this year. I mean, c’mon, you gave me a child!
Marriage is a laughing matter, right? These lighthearted greetings are sure to improve your significant other’s mood significantly.
33.) Today we celebrate the best decision you ever made (uh, replace “you” with “I.”)
34.) Even though our waistlines keep growing, so does the love. It must be the real thing.
35.) Every year you manage to get me the best possible anniversary gift: Yourself.
36.) It’s been a great ride: bumps and all.
37.) Our anniversary is always a happy occasion for me. Because you always renew my contract for another year.
38.) Reaching an anniversary milestone: Priceless. For all the anniversary gifts, there’s MasterCard.
39.) Our marriage is like the stock market. It has its ups and downs, but the long-term trend is pretty solid.
40.) The years are going by so fast. Time flies when you’re having babies.
41.) I’m glad we became a couple before we were just a couple of misfits.
42.) I don’t need you every minute of the day. A few hours a day for the rest of my life will do quite nicely.
43.) Running changed my life. I was able to catch you.
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Anniversary Wishes Funny
44.) We seem to enjoy each other’s company. So glad we went into business together. Happy anniversary, partner!
45.) On the road of life, I was a hopeless hitchhiker — until you gave me a lift.
46.) Thanks for standing by me right down the line — even when I stepped over it.
47.) I used to think true love only happened in fairy tales. Then I snapped my fingers, there was a flash of light, and you magically appeared. Thanks for happily-ever-aftering with me.
48.) We’re so compatible; we don’t even need a Sleep Number bed.
49.) I know what I did to deserve you. I begged and pleaded until you caved.
50.) Let’s argue on our anniversary. I say I’m the lucky one in the marriage. Go ahead — disagree with me!
51.) Thanks for another winning year. Even if I were a free agent, I wouldn’t switch teams.
52.) I’d marry you all over again. And this time there’d be no sweaty palms.
53.) You’re more than the sun in the morning and the moon at night — happy anniversary to my favorite celestial body.
54.) Our marriage works because we each bring something to the table. I’m sure glad you bring the food.
Humorous and Amusing
55.) They say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. You took the more direct route. Happy anniversary, honey!
56.) We know each other so much better than when we were first married. Yet somehow, we’re still together!
57.) Even though we got hitched, it’s still fun horsing around together.
58.) Love means never having to say you’re sorry. So I’ll just say, “I apologize.” Thanks for putting up with me all these years!
59.) I remembered our anniversary, honey. Do I still have to get you a gift?
60.) I’m so lucky I won your hand in marriage. The rest of you isn’t so bad either!
61.) For our anniversary this year, I feel like going a little nuts. Could you go for some cashew chicken down at the Chinese place?
To My Wife
There are a lot of great places to spend your anniversary, but the doghouse is not one of them. These greetings should help you steer clear of there:
62.) I know I do little things that annoy you. At least forgetting our anniversary isn’t one of them.
63.) If I never seem to make a big deal out of our anniversary, maybe it’s because I’m celebrating every day with you.
64.) You’ve always been behind me all the way. Sorry I walk so fast.
65.) I could have chosen a lot of women. But since polygamy is illegal, I think I did the right thing. Happy anniversary, honey!
66.) You’re the perfect wife: Wise enough to know when I’m wrong but honest enough to admit when I’m right.
67.) I never have to remind you to remind me about our anniversary’s coming up. Thanks, honey.
68.) They say couples married as long as we start to look alike. Just don’t grow a beard, OK?
69.) You’re more than a trophy wife. So I’ll never leave you on the shelf.
To My Husband
Try a little tenderness it works on men as well as women:
70.) You’re the perfect husband. You like to cuddle, yet you always give me my space.
71.) Some women celebrate their anniversaries every year. I celebrate every day with you.
72.) Our successful marriage is all about compromise. I let you play golf on weekends; you let me join you — happy anniversary to my favorite partner (on or off the course).
73.) A husband whose wife cooks dinner and does the laundry is lucky. A wife whose husband does those things is luckier.
74.) When it comes to finding a partner to spend the rest of my life getting out of debt with, I could pick no one finer than you.
75.) They say couples married as long as us start to look alike. Just don’t start developing cleavage, OK?
76.) Even if you lose your job, you’ll never lose your wife.
77.) We make beautiful music together. I get the dishwasher humming while you keep the lawnmower in tune.
78.) Happy anniversary, honey.
79.) I’d love you even if you don’t kill spiders.
Anniversary Message from Child to Parents
If you’ve got two loving parents, consider yourself lucky. Here are some thoughts to let them know how you feel:
80.) I don’t know if you’ve got the perfect marriage. I just know I’ve got the perfect parents.
81.) You are two people who made something special of your marriage: Me. Glad you got together!
82.) Promise me you’ll always stay together. Playing you off against each other is working out well for me.
83.) Get high on your anniversary — I bought you a pair of plane tickets!
From Friends or Relatives
Is there a couple close to you whose devotion to each other sets a shining example? Let them know:
84.) It’s no surprise you two always seem to be laughing. To stay married as long as you guys, you have to have a sense of humor.
85.) You know a marriage is working when it never looks like work.
86.) Half the world would give anything for what you’ve got: A marriage that works.
87.) You two remind us of a smartphone and a selfie stick. Made for each other.
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88.) Another year down; forever to go.
89.) You two defy the rules of mathematics. You’ve proven that one is greater than two.
90.) Your marriage = happiness
You Two = laughter
Your marriage = love.
Yours is a marriage of equals.
91.) If it’s true that there’s no such thing as a perfect couple, you guys sure have us fooled.
Anniversary Messages For LGBT Couples
Some couples are willing to defy society’s norms to honor their commitment to one another. Let them know you believe in them:
92.) Yours may not look like the marriages of old. But it’s going to last like the marriages of old.
93.) Narrow-mindedness. Bigotry. Fear. Your marriage is proof that love conquers all.
94.) Love like yours, is the most natural thing in the world.
Greetings for Loving Unmarried Couples
Just because you’re not married, doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate the anniversary of your togetherness with some encouraging words:
95.) If living together feels this right, maybe it’s time to start thinking about marriage.
96.) Someday we may tie the knot. But right now we’re too busy enjoying each other. Happy cohabitation anniversary!
Happy 1st Anniversary
97.) For our first anniversary, we could have held a big bash. But I’d rather we just held each other.
98.) We didn’t have to go on The Bachelor for our marriage to be the talk of the town.
99.) They sat the first year is the hardest. So let’s celebrate the hardest.
100.) An anniversary gift should be personal, and the 1st-anniversary gift should be paper. So I’m enclosing a personal check.
101.) We’ve been married for one decade. Let’s do something decadent.
102.)tenable (ten’a bul) adj. 1. supportable; sustainable. 2. able to achieve ten years of wedded bliss
Happy 10th anniversary, honey.
103.) On our 10th anniversary, I’m supposed to give you a gift of tin or aluminum. But, I always thought I was your perfect foil.
Happy 25th Anniversary — Silver
104.) For our 25th anniversary, I’m giving you something silver: A lock of my hair.
105.) It’s our silver anniversary. And I’ve spent 25 years putting the silver in your hair. (Thanks for accepting my gift so graciously.)
106.) 8895 days.
One heckuva good time.
50 Year – Golden
107.) Fifty years of memories will keep us company when we’re not too busy making more of them!
108.) Fifty years ago, we saw a golden opportunity. So glad we saw it through.
109.) We can splurge on our golden anniversary because next year we’ll be spending a cent. (That’s over half a century.)
110.) It took 50 years to reach our golden anniversary. But you were my golden girl from day one.
111.) It’s all been about you since I met you.
112.) My favorite place in the world: your side.
113.) Hold my hand; I will go anywhere with you.
What is an Anniversary?
An anniversary is a date in which something momentous or special happened in a preceding year.
Sentence example: Jack and Diane celebrated their 15th wedding anniversary in June.
What are the Anniversary Gifts for each year?
1st year: Paper.
2nd year: Cotton.
3rd year: Leather.
4th year: Fruit or Flowers.
5th year: Wood.
6th year: Candy or Iron.
7th year: Copper or Wool.
9th year: Pottery.
10th year: Aluminum or Tin.
11th year: Steel.
12th year: Silk.
13th year: Lace.
14th year: Ivory.
15th year: Crystal.
20th year: China.
25th year: Silver.
30th year: Pearl.
35th year: Coral.
40th year: Ruby.
45th year: Sapphire.
50th year: Gold.
55th year: Emerald.
60th year: Diamond.
How to use Anniversary Wishes?
Well, there are many ways you could use anniversary messages, and here are a few:
A.) In-person after a romantic, candlelight dinner, speak the words to your sweetheart.
B.) Via a note or letter, select a favorite message and hand-write it.
C.) In a good morning text, tell the one you love how they make you feel special.
D.) Feature the selected words in a gift card that accompanies a diamond necklace or pearl earrings.
E.) As a caption to a photo you post commemorating the big night.
Be creative; have fun.
By Art Novak
Art Novak is an Emmy-winning writer, novelist, and Professor Emeritus at Savannah College of Art and Design.
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